Hot air balloon makes hard landing, 1 woman seriously hurt: Police

PHOTO: A hot air balloon crash outside Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 12, 2019.PlayKTNV
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A hot air balloon made a hard landing near Las Vegas on Thursday, seriously hurting one person, officials said.

The pilot and four passengers were ejected from the basket when the balloon made the hard landing, Las Vegas Police Sgt. Jeff Dean said.

After impact, it continued to drag along the ground for about a half mile and the other four people were ejected, the FAA said.

One woman was airlifted to a hospital with very serious injuries, but is expected to survive, Dean said.

PHOTO: A hot air balloon crash outside Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 12, 2019. KTNV
A hot air balloon crash outside Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 12, 2019.
PHOTO: A hot air balloon crash outside Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 12, 2019. KTNV
A hot air balloon crash outside Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 12, 2019.

The hot air balloon had nine people on board during the incident in Goodsprings, Nevada, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

The other eight people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, Dean said.

PHOTO: A hot air balloon crash outside Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 12, 2019. KTNV
A hot air balloon crash outside Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 12, 2019.

The cause of the hard landing is under investigation, according to the FAA.